Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

1982  113 MN


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Nicholas Meyer

Admiral James T. Kirk is feeling old; the prospect of accompanying his old ship the Enterprise on a two week cadet cruise is not making him feel any younger. But the training cruise becomes a life or death struggle when Khan escapes from years of exile and captures the power of creation itself.

 Release Date

June 4, 1982


1h53m (113 min)


$ 12,000,000


$ 96,800,000

 Top Billed Cast

 William Shatner
 Admiral James T. Kirk
 Leonard Nimoy
 Captain Spock
 DeForest Kelley
 Dr. Leonard McCoy
 Ricardo Montalban
 Khan Noonien Singh
 Kirstie Alley
 Lt. Saavik
 Bibi Besch
 Dr. Carol Marcus

 Written by

Harve Bennett Story
Jack B. Sowards Screenplay
Jack B. Sowards Story


At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance.



William Shatner
  Admiral James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy
  Captain Spock
DeForest Kelley
  Dr. Leonard McCoy
Ricardo Montalban
  Khan Noonien Singh
Kirstie Alley
  Lt. Saavik
Bibi Besch
  Dr. Carol Marcus
Merritt Butrick
  Dr. David Marcus
Walter Koenig
  Cmdr. Pavel Chekov
James Doohan
  Montgomery Scott
Nichelle Nichols
  Cmdr. Uhura
George Takei
  Cmdr. Hikaru Sulu
Paul Winfield
  Captain Clark Terrell
Judson Scott
Ike Eisenmann
John Vargas
John Winston
Paul Kent


James Horner
  Original Music Composer
Joseph R. Jennings
  Production Design
Robert Fletcher
  Costume Design
Nicholas Meyer
Robert Sallin
Harve Bennett
Jack B. Sowards
Jack B. Sowards
John Newton
  Additional Soundtrack
Gayne Rescher
  Director of Photography
Michael Minor
  Art Direction
Charles Graffeo
  Set Decoration
Mary V. Buck
William Paul Dornisch
Ken Ralston
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Jim Veilleux
  Visual Effects Supervisor


- Producer Harve Bennett viewed all the episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) and chose Star Trek: The Original Series: Space Seed (1967) as the best candidate for a sequel. Spock even remarks in the script that this would be interesting to return in a hundred years or so to see what type of civilization had grown there. This is the first time a feature film was made as a sequel to a specific television series episode.
- Producer Harve Bennett viewed all the episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) and chose Star Trek: The Original Series: Space Seed (1967) as the best candidate for a sequel. Spock even remarks in the script that this would be interesting to return in a hundred years or so to see what type of civilization had grown there. This is the first time a feature film was made as a sequel to a specific television series episode.
- The famous "Space, the final frontier" monologue is heard for the first time since Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), now narrated by Leonard Nimoy, however this has been changed slightly. Instead of saying, "...its five-year mission..." and "to seek out new life," this now says, "her ongoing mission..." and "to seek out new lifeforms".
- For this film, Gene Roddenberry was given a consultant position, and replaced as executive producer by Harve Bennett. Apparently, Paramount blamed the constant production delays and budget overruns for Star Trek (1979) on Roddenberry's constant meddling and demanding script rewrites. While the studio had been open to letting him produce the film, on the condition that he take a less hands-on role and share the producer's role with Jon Povill, who had been associate producer on the previous film, Roddenberry refused the notion of anything less than full creative control, and so was removed altogether from active involvement in the film.
- George Takei initially declined to appear in this film. William Shatner called Takei and convinced him to reconsider.
- The phrase "to the last I grapple with thee; from Hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee." is taken from Captain Ahab's speech in the novel "Moby Dick" (1851) by Herman Melville (1819-1891).
- Ricardo Montalban (Kahn) said in promo interviews for the film about how he realized early on in his career that a good villain does not see himself as villainous. He may do villainous things, but the character feels that he is doing them for righteous reasons. Likewise with heroes, Montalban said he always tried to find a flaw in the character because no one is completely good or completely evil.
- The computer simulation of Genesis transforming a dead planet into a habitable one (and habitable planets into dead planets) is the first complete computer-generated sequence ever used in a feature film. It is a direct brainchild of ex-Boeing engineer Loren Carpenter, who after Boeing, went on to join George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic. At Boeing, in the late 1970s, Carpenter discovered that Mandelbrot fractals could be used to create realistic mountain landscapes for computer animations of new aircraft designs, a previously intractable problem, and started a revolution in computer graphics and simulation.
- Nicholas Meyer admits that Khan's familiarity with Chekov is a mistake, but defends this citing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who frequently had trivial errors in his Sherlock Holmes stories, but made no apologies for them.
- The original subtitle was "Star Trek: The Genesis Project". That was changed to "Star Trek II", then "Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country" and subsequently "The Vengeance of Khan". This was discarded in deference to Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), which was then subtitled "Revenge of the Jedi" and was planned to be released near the same time. The third subtitle was eventually used for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).
- In part, the death of Spock was supposed to be final and irrevocable because Leonard Nimoy wanted to appear in no more Star Trek projects. However, he enjoyed the experience of filming Star Trek II, and asked if he could return.
- Leonard Nimoy did not know about the final shot of Spock's coffin on the surface of the Genesis Planet. He first saw this at the premiere, and has said that his first thought was "I'm going to be getting a call from Paramount!"
- Quentin Tarantino is a huge fan of the film; even referencing this in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003).


 New Quote

You're my superior officer. You're also my friend. I have been and always shall be yours.
— Spock (to Kirk)


I don't like to loose.
— Admiral James T. Kirk


From Hell's heart I stab at thee. For Hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee.
— Kahn


Spock: The needs of the many outweigh...
Kirk: The needs of the few.
Spock: ... or the one.


Live long and prosper.
— Spock


Of my friend I can only say this, of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... human.
— James T. Kirk


Space, the final frontier. These are the continuing voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission, to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before.
— Spock



 New Review

By Jack Anderson on May 26, 2020

(This review contains major spoilers).

The movie starts in the stars with the original theme of the series. What a delight. What a relieve.
Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura and Chekov are back for a new adventure!
Composed by the late James Horner (Braveheart, Titanic),

This movies does exactly the opposite of the first one. In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, there was no clear enemy. The story was much inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey and its meta story. Here, we have our first real enemy made out of flesh. Kahn.
For those who haven’t seen The Original Series, Kahn is by far the most memorable enemy that appeared on the show. In episode S01E22, Space Seed, Kahn was the type of narcissist macho man that has a gigantic ego and just wants to see the world burns, as another villain would say.
Utilizing such a powerful character from The Original Series is both very clever and very basic at the same time. But the character would be an empty shell without a great performance from a great actor. Many actors would actually be quite ridiculous, but not Ricardo Montalban. The Mexican actor is playing the same way and it works very well.
Kahn waited for a very, very long time to get his revenge, best served cold… especially in Space, as he says himself.

After three years of playing joyfully the glorious Captain of the Enterprise, William Shatner is now providing such a wonderful performance, in the vein of his work on the first film. The scene in which he confronts Kahn throughout the type of smartwatch (the mainstream Apple Watch would be released more than 30 years later) was terrific and one of the best scenes of the film. It became a known meme which I actually discovered before watching the film.
The only concern is that their confrontation never actually truly materialized. Kirk never got to face Kahn, except through telecommunications.

Spock can be seen evolving and being much more humane than in the first film, where he could be seen totally blocking every emotion.
And that’s the good thing about this film. You can see that they tried to bring back the feeling of camaraderie that vanished in the previous film and was so important in The Original Series. I would not go so far as to say that they succeeded, but this was definitely a move to the good direction.
The ending of the film is actually filled with emotions. Spock gives the ultimate sacrifice and I must admit I did not see it coming, one bit. And yes, I dropped a tear in front of our lost friend, who actually… I’ll leave that for my next review.

Once again, the second film is having quite a major budget – the first film was at the time the most expensive ever – which brings us scenes we never truly seen before. When the Enterprise is being hit, we don’t just see the crew jumping around, but we see the actual impacts, not only on the ship but on the crew itself. This added once again a sense of gravitas, which both serves and impairs the film. You’d wish for more jokes and light touch, which was the foundation of The Original Series.
But you cannot criticize the producers for having built a serious film on a serious topic.

I was glad to see that in this film, contrary to the previous one, McCoy actually had a role and a purpose. I liked this very much.

The costumes from the previous film were really original and while many do not like them, I actually liked their real modern look. In Star Trek II, the costumes are actually more dated. But this is more of a personal preference.

The film can be summarized in one word: KAAAAAAAAHN! Who would have thought that the often cheesy and ridiculous TV series with low ratings from the 1960’s would become such a dramatic and big franchise. I give it 6 out of 10. Very good.


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